Historical Dictionary of the Gulf Arab States
Scarecrow Press, 20.12.2007 - 468 Seiten
The second edition of the Historical Dictionary of the Gulf Arab States comes at a time when the world's attention is riveted on the Middle East. The small states covered in this volume_Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)_possess about 20 percent of the world's total oil reserves. Beyond the strategic and economic importance conferred upon them by their vast oil reserves, the Gulf Arab states are worthy of attention for the inherent interest of their history and culture. No area of the world has yielded more revealing and exciting archaeological finds in the past few decades than these states. Investigations have brought to light extensive evidence of an important culture as old as Egypt of the Pharaohs or ancient Babylon, which was virtually unknown previously except through rare references in the records of other civilizations. This expanded second edition covers the history of the five countries through a chronology broken down by country, a list of acronyms and abbreviations, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and several hundred cross-referenced dictionary entries on important persons, places, and events of each country. Everything from the Abbasids to Zubarah is covered in this essential reference on this increasingly important region of the world.
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Abu Dhabi Affairs agreement Al-Jazeera American Arab Gulf Arab world Arabian Peninsula Assembly Bahrain banking billion border Britain British Center century countries country’s culture defense Dhofar dispute Dubai economic elected emirate’s established expatriate exports federal forces foreign Gulf Arab Gulf Cooperation Council Gulf region Ibadi imamate important independence industrial International invasion Iran Iran-Iraq Iranian Iraq Iraq’s Iraqi Islamic islands Israel January Khalifa Kuwait London lower Gulf major Maktum Middle East military minister Muhammad Muscat Muslim National neighbors Nuhayyan Oil Company Oman’s Omani Palestinian percent Persian Gulf Petroleum political population port president Press projects Qabus Qasimi Qatar Qawasim Ras al-Khaimah Rashid relations role ruler ruling family Sabah Saudi Arabia Shaikh Hamad Shaikh Zayid Sharjah Shi‘a significant Sultan territory Thani threat tion trade Treaty tribal Trucial U.S. Congress UAE’s United Arab Emirates University USGPO Washington women Yemen Zayid